HOW HAS YOUR BACKGROUND AFFECTED YOUR LIFE/ WORK? Growing up in the Caribbean diaspora in London, I learned very fast what whiteness was and learned that whiteness “right”, desirable and beautiful. For a long time I considered myself ugly, stupid and believed I couldn't accomplish much more than high school. It took one teacher to broaden my horizons, which is cheesy lol but literally she said "you're a great writer you should apply for Oxford" and I was like what the fuck are you talking about. Completely blew my mind. Not even because she said Oxford but that someone actually thought I was smart and capable of doing more. I thought higher education was just for other people not my black self. I really do reflect and cry when i think about this. Racism really feels like a conspiracy. Why wasn't I told i could do more? This is just one event in my personal process of unlearning racism. As much as this process seems to never end, I must say its so beautiful to feel a sense of pride of having Jamaican ancestry that I can bring into what I do with Discwoman. It's such an emotional process to create a platform and be able to put people you wished you'd seen more at a young age on it. It feels like the biggest fuck you to all the racists I encountered growing up and this makes me maniacally beam with joy.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU (UPCOMING PROJECTS)?
Well we just closed out our bunch of traveling with Discwoman that was incredible. I think we're gonna try and lay low for a second (yeah right lol) and plan how best to attack the white supremacists patriarchy through events and music. In addition our agency DW Artists represents BEARCAT, DJ Haram, SHYBOI, UMFANG & Volvox who I'm continually so honored to be working with and want to focus on the agency being a great home for them and others in the future.
Photo: Dan Gutt